Hi, I am an experienced L&D nurse who teaches OB at a local college and hold a master's degree as a WHNP. I used to work in L&D for many years, now teach OB at the same hospital I used to work at. I recently interviewed on the NICU where the nurse manager knows me. There were 70 applicants for 3 positions! I got interviewed w/11 others, but didn't get the position. I really want to be a NICU nurse (the pay in teaching is terrible!) and I really thought I would get offered a position because my references were checked (and glowing) and because the nurse director asked if I was interested in eventually being a manager because she is retiring soon.
So, I didn't get the position and don't know if I should:
A. Try to get a position back in L&D at that same hospital in the hopes that eventually another NICU position will open up and I will have another chance?
B. Take a night shift position at that same hospital in postpartum (mother/baby)?
C. Completely forget this hospital and take a critical care position at another hospital that has a NICU. I recently interviewed for an IMCU position and may get offered it?
D. Go back to school to get a DNP w/a neonatal specialty?
E. Doing something else??? (Fill in the blank).
HOW CAN I GET INTO NICU??? I know it's hard right now to get jobs, but it kills me that just 2 years ago the new grads I TAUGHT are working NICU and I'M NOT!
Any advice is appreciated! THANKS!